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King of RagtimeScott Joplin and His Era$
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Edward A. Berlin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199740321

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740321.001.0001

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Final Days in the Midwest, 1905–1907

Final Days in the Midwest, 1905–1907

(p.188) Chapter 12 Final Days in the Midwest, 1905–1907
King of Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

Oxford University Press

Joplin’s first publication after Freddie’s death was Bethena, a sad, poignant waltz. It was issued by T. Bahnsen, a piano manufacturer that published two other Joplin pieces in 1905. With Leola, published by Stark’s subsidiary American Music Syndicate, Joplin for the first time warned against playing ragtime fast. By the end of 1905, he had started on another opera. Stark moved to New York that year, opening an office a few blocks from Tin Pan Alley; his son William continued operation of the St. Louis office. Joplin lived in Chicago for part of 1906, trying to cultivate contacts with other major publishers While in Chicago, he collaborated on Heliotrope Bouquet with the extremely talented but musically illiterate, Louis Chauvin; the piece was published by Stark the following year. In 1907, before leaving for New York, Joplin also collaborated on a song with the socialist publisher F. F. Berry.

Keywords:   Bethena, Bahnsen, American Music Syndicate, Louis Chauvin, Heliotrope Bouquet, F. F. Berry

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